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Moving to a new home during COVID-19

August 19, 2020

Morrisville resident sells home quickly and moves to Ann's Choice

Moving to a new home at the height of a pandemic might seem counter-intuitive, but Janice Pincus says the timing was perfect. Instead of feeling isolated in her house, she became part of a community where every precaution was taken to keep the residents safe, healthy, and engaged.

This past March, Janice sold her house in Morrisville, Pa., where she had lived for 65 years, and moved to Ann's Choice, the Erickson Living managed senior community in Bucks County, Pa. Even though she was reluctant to leave, she knew it was time.

"My three sons suggested it, because it was getting harder for me to take care of the house," she says. "I didn't want to depend on them for every little thing that came up."

Janice had been introduced to Ann's Choice many years ago through her late husband's cousins, Milt and Gertie Pincus.

"They moved in when the community was being built, and they were always after us to join them," she chuckles. "We would visit often and play cards with them, and we could imagine living here in the future. The future came in March, and finally, I was ready."

Janice moved in on March 13, two days before the governor's stay-home order took effect. She has no regrets.

"We're protected here, and that's the most important thing. I see people and never feel alone. I would have been so isolated in my house. My sons would have worried. Being here is wonderful, in every way," she says.

Strong home sales and offers In spite of COVID-19, the real estate market remains robust, prompting seniors to list their homes and move to vibrant, maintenance-free communities like Ann's Choice.

According to Lisa Sicilia, Ann's Choice's personal moving consultant, "This is a seller's market. Real estate agents are showing homes online with great success. Rates on 30-year mortgages are the lowest they've ever been, so buyers are making strong offers quickly. If you're thinking of selling, now is the time."

For Janice, the hardest part of moving was deciding what to bring and what to get rid of. "I absolutely had to bring my new sofa," she laughs, "so I had to find an apartment to fit it or I might have changed my plans."

Luckily, her one bedroom-den apartment home is perfect for her, both in size and location.

"I love my patio," she says. "I read and relax out there. I have flowers. It's beautiful. I'm so glad my sons convinced me to live on the first floor! Many people said, 'You should live on a higher floor to watch the sunrise,' but as long as I know the sun came up, I'm happy," she says with a smile.

People she meets often comment about how quickly she adjusted to life at Ann's Choice, given the physical distance guidelines required for COVID-19. But those precautions have given her an even greater appreciation for the kindness, compassion, and care she sees everywhere on the campus.

"The staff can't do enough for you. They delivered whatever you needed during the stay home order and are so friendly. You feel that people here really care about you," she notes.

Every day she meets friends outdoors to socialize from a safe distance and is confident that she will meet more wonderful people as activities have been resuming.

Many amenities have already re-opened, including the salon, aquatics and fitness center, pharmacy, marketplace, Pickleball courts, walking and nature trails, putting green, resident gardening area, and more.

"I can't complain about anything, to be honest," she says. "My meals come right to my door, and they give you so much food. My sons ask what they can pick up for me at the store, and I beg them not to get me anything!"

Janice enjoys the Friday Sabbath services broadcast over the Ann's Choice TV station. "I don't speak Hebrew, but I love singing along and feeling like part of the Jewish family here," she says. "It's peaceful, and the ladies who lead the services are wonderful."

Of her COVID-19 move, Janice says she wouldn't change a thing. "Of course, we wish this was over, but I know I made the right decision at the right time. At Ann's Choice I'm safe, well cared for, and connected to other people. My sons have peace of mind. I have only compliments for everyone and everything here."

To learn more about Ann's Choice, visit annschoicecommunity.com.

Ann's Choice, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 103-acre campus in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,900 residents and 1,000 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Ann's Choice can be found at AnnsChoiceCommunity.com.

Photo: Janice Pincus is glad she moved to her apartment home at Ann's Choice during COVID-19. "We're protected here, and that's the most important thing…I would have been so isolated in my house." (Photo credit: Harry Beam)

Written by Dorrie Anshel

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